Module Title:Civil Engineering Technology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures 120hrs Projects 40hrs Site visits + private study 50hrs Total Student Participation 210hrs
Module Aim: The aims of this module are: (1)to teach students the techniques and processes involved in the general area of civil engineering construction; (2)to help students appreciate the capabilities and limitations of the various types of plant and equipment that are used in the construction industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 to describe how foundations are constructed;
LO2 to describe how retaining walls are constructed;
LO3 to describe how steel structures are fabricated and erected;
LO4 to describe the details of in-situ and pre-cast concrete structures and how they are manufactured and erected;
LO5 to describe temporary works systems used on civil engineering sites;
LO6 to identify health and safety issues on site;
LO7 to describe how pipelines and drains are constructed and tested;
LO8 to describe the type of plant and equipment used in the industry.
LO9 to carry out research into simple civil engineering manufacturing and construction methods.
LO10 to work with others on team projects and to write reports and present the reports in a class room environment.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
(1) Foundations (20 hours lectures)
(a) Strip and Pad (b) Pile and Raft (c) Rising walls (d) Calculations: Bearing Pressure, Foundation Quantities
(2) Retaining Walls (15 hours lectures)
(a) Gravity, Basement, Buttress and Counterfort walls. (b) Sheet Pile, Secant, Contiguous and Diaphragm walls. (c) Drainage of walls (d) Methods of Failure (e) Calculations: Quantities
(3) Steelwork Structures (10 hours lectures)
(a) Steel manufacture b.) Types of steel structure c.) Portal Frame structures d.) Bolting & Welding e.) Methods of erection f.) Shop Fabrication g.) Handling and Transportation
(4) In-situ and Precast Concrete Structures (15 hours lectures)
a.) In-situ and Precast Concrete b.) Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete c.) Steel Reinforcement – types and fixing methods d.) Placing, finishing, curing concrete e.) Prestressed concrete bridge beams f.) Manufacture of precast units, handling and erection procedures
(5) Temporary Structures (25 hours lectures)
a.) Access and support scaffolding b.) Basic formwork design procedures and construction c.) Use of proprietary formwork systems d.) Shoring e.) Calculations: Formwork Wall ties, Formwork Props, Scaffolding quantities. .
(6) Health and Safety (5 hours lectures)
(a) Hazard Identification (b) Risk Analysis and Control
(7) Pipe Laying (15 hours lectures)
a.) Types and laying of pipework b.) Excavation, bedding and backfilling c.) Manhole construction d.) Surface drain systems: yard gullies, road gullies, access and inspection chambers, oil interceptors e.) Testing procedures f.) Calculations: Pipe Gradients, Manholes quantities and buoyancy calculations.
(8) Construction Plant (15 hours lectures)
a.) Excavating and earth moving equipment b.) Transport vehicles c.) Concreting Plant d.) Compaction Equipment e.) Forklifts, Cranes and Hoists f.) Plant Selection g.) Calculations: excavation quantities and rates, concrete pour volumes and rates.
(9) Sketching of Construction Details
(a) Students will be required to submit sketches on a weekly basis. The sketches will illustrate a variety of civil engineering construction details and will require appropriate annotation. The assignments will include isometric and orthogonal sketches.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Various Projects 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 20.00 n/a
Project Weekly Construction Detail Sketch Submissions 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 20.00 n/a
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Total Hours 210.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Ab Initio 1 Mandatory
CW_CMCIV_D Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 1 Mandatory